From Palm Sunday to Easter Monday the Sorrento Peninsula lives its most devout, passionate and involved period of time, which reveals this territory’s most spiritual aspect.
Easter is a magical time to enjoy the Sorrento area, to discover its traditions and enjoy the mild spring weather.
The branches of olive trees are coloured and decorated with hundreds of ribbons and delicious miniatures of local products, such as animal-shaped cheeses and tiny salami are proudly held by the boys. The girls, however, carry elegant baskets or small flower branches or traditional palms made of sugared almonds whose historical origin is mixed with legend and goes back to the Arab presence on the coasts of Campania. This explosion of colours and happiness is brought to church for the blessing of the palms, and so the Holy Week begins.
After the blessing, the cheering people gather in the street on the night between Thursday and Friday for a sorrowful yet suggestive celebration: the White Procession in Sorrento or the “Grieved” Procession in the neighbouring municipalities, which retraces the path of the Mother in search of the imprisoned and convicted Son. The brotherhoods of the entire Sorrento Peninsula prepare months in advance for this event, and the choirs of men, women, and children fill the streets and announce themselves in the distance to the devotees in the street or overlooking from the balconies.
The churches prepare the Sepulchres, charming flower beds and white wheat filaments. The children plant the seeds in small pots and keep them away from sunlight to prevent them from becoming green so that the tomb of Christ is as pure as their hearts. The rites, songs, prayers, fill the wait for the most important day, the day of Easter, the day of rebirth, and it seems that only on this day spring has finally begunPastiera. So the following day, Easter Monday, is dedicated to walks, visits to museums, day trips to the beach or mountains. And to taste the typical dishes of this holiday, the first of which the fragrant and delicious , a golden pastry pie filled with wheat, cream, ricotta cheese, citron and the wisdom of women which has been handed down for generations.
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